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Vancouver Police officer tests positive for COVID-19

Any officer who came into contact with the individual is practicing self-isolation at home.
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A Vancouver police officer was assaulted while trying to arrest a man who was allegedly masturbating on a bus. Photo: Police lights/Shutterstock

A Vancouver Police officer is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. 

VPD Media Relations Officer Cst. Tania Visintin tells Vancouver Is Awesome in a phone call that the officer is managing their illness at home and is recovering. However, the identity of the individual will not be released.

Visintin adds that any officer who came into contact with the individual is practicing self-isolation at home. With this in mind, she says she cannot comment on how many officers are at home as a result. 

"To be clear, the officers that have been sent home in addition to the individual that tested positive have not tested positive for COVID-19," states Visintin. "They have been sent home as a precaution."

The VPD are also taking measures to reduce the risk of transmission in the city. For example, Visintin says that officers have access to gloves and masks, but that they utilize them on a "case-by-case" basis. In addition, she notes that VPD will take low-priority calls over the phone in order to reduce risk.